Time to bring out the cast iron fondue pot again, just in time for the holidays
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It’s a cold winter night in the 1970s, and you just called the neighbors using your wall phone to make sure they brought the bowl of punch. Your home’s clogs cut through the high pile carpet to an avocado-colored kitchen. Why? To grab the fondue pot and the fixings for the game night, of course!
When fondue pots were at the height of their popularity, everyone gathered around the table with skewers ready to dip in melted cheese, smooth chocolate and even piping hot oil (to cook small pieces of meat). . The first two remain quite the fun delicacy in any form, while the latter might be better left to the pros. Well, we’re not sure about you, but now seems like the perfect time to bring back the nostalgic fondue pot for modern-day fun.
Whether you’re hosting a game night or getting ready for the holiday season with your loved ones, you can’t go wrong with pulling out a fondue pot. It turns your aperitif or dinner into a fun shared experience that serves as an activity in its own right. When choosing a fondue pot, a sturdy cast iron option (like the one from Cuisinart) ensures that your fondue pot is able to reach the ideal melting temperature and retain heat better than other materials for an always hot fondue and fondue.
When it comes to what to put in your fondue pot, we’ve got you covered. First, choose whether you are going for the cheese route or the chocolate route. Or both! For cheese fondue, Swiss and Gruyere cheeses form a traditional duo, but our festive beer-cheese fondue recipe will get rave reviews. Serve with crispy pieces of bread, cold cuts, apples and vegetables. For the chocolate fondue, our Coco-Loco chocolate fondue recipe uses coffee to bring out the most decadent and pure flavor. It pairs perfectly with the fruits, marshmallows, pretzel stems and cubes of our Million Dollar Pound Cake.
Now that you have the best new (but old) idea for a fun dinner party, shop for two sets of nostalgic cast iron fondue pots below.
Cuisinart 13 piece cast iron fondue set
This dishwasher-safe set includes color-coded forks to ensure no one mixes up during the festivities. Plus, the cherry red color is pretty cheerful, right?
BUY IT: $ 49.95; amazon.com
Swissmar Lugano 9 piece cheese fondue set
This stylish set is a longtime favorite and you can choose from three colors. The enameled cast iron fondue pot can be placed on the stand or used on the stove in a snap.
BUY IT: $ 99.95; amazon.com